Canadian Country Music Association
Hall of Fame
Charlie Chamberlain

Charlie Chamberlain

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Birth: Bathurst, NB, July 14, 1911
  • Death: Canada, July 16, 1972
  • Background:

    Charlie Chamberlain is most closely associated with the East Coast group 'Don Messer and the Islanders', with whom he performed throughout the majority of his career. Chamberlain joined the group in 1934, although he had been working with Don Messer as his lead vocalist for many years prior to that.

    Chamberlain is fondly remembered as a showstopper, famed for his signature bowler hat and shillelagh. No matter the size of the venue, be it a small Maritime stage or broadcast nationally on CBC TV, Chamberlain could make a song feel like his own, which often made him the envy of every other performer. As a former acquaintance of Chamberlain's recalls "He was a good-hearted, great fella and the sadder the song, the better he liked it. He'd make himself cry, and make everyone else cry too."

    Charlie Chamberlain's vocal work is featured on many of the albums released by Don Messer and His Islanders. Chamberlain passed away on July 16, 1972.

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